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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 25, 2018

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Jury convicts Charles City man of sex crimes with teenager, recommends 66 years in prison

By Andre Jones | September 1, 2018 3:54 pm

Editor’s Note: This story contains content that may be uncomfortable or unsuitable to some readers. A Charles City man who had sexual interactions with a teenager was found guilty on four charges during a two-day trial in Charles City Circuit Court. A jury found Jonathan Douglas McMullen, 35, of the 10000 block of Harrison Lake Drive, on two counts each of aggravated sexual battery against a minor between the ages of 13-17 and using an object for sexual penetration by force. A mistrial was declared on one charge each of incest and rape, while three charges of carnal knowledge without…
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Charles City, New Kent schools earn full accreditation for 2018-2019 school year

By Andre Jones | August 27, 2018 6:47 pm

All four schools in New Kent County and both schools in Charles City County have earned full accreditation for the 2018-2019 school year. Virginia’s Department of Education (VDOE) released accreditation numbers and Standards of Learning (SOL) data on Aug. 22. “It’s been a very good topic of conversation with the teachers,” said Charles City superintendent of schools David Gaston when asked about the schools’ accreditation for the second straight year. “It’s a testament to the work they’ve been doing.” Charles City County schools saw improvement in 11 categories in this year’s SOL released scores. Major improvement areas include grade six…
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Newport News men admit guilt to credit card larceny in New Kent

By Andre Jones | August 27, 2018 11:03 am

Two Newport News men entered guilty pleas to credit card larceny as part of a plea agreement reached Monday morning in New Kent Circuit Court. Rashawn Marquis Chapman, 30, of the 800 block of Chopin Wood Drive, and Robert James Bethel Jr., 30, of the 100 block of View Point Drive, both admitted guilt to one count each of credit card larceny and misdemeanor possession of marijuana (second offense). Bethel also entered guilty pleas to one count each of possession of a credit card forgery device and misdemeanor violation of pretrial services as part of his agreement. In a summary…
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Train, SUV collision closes crossings in Lanexa

By Community Member | August 26, 2018 8:24 pm

A collision between a train and a vehicle closed crossings in the Lanexa portion of New Kent Sunday evening. According to New Kent Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police, a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe pulled up to a CSX railroad crossing at the 1400 block of Outpost Road, stopping with the nose of the vehicle partially across the track. As the train approached, the driver attempted to reverse the vehicle unsuccessfully. The Amtrak train, carrying 137 passengers, struck the front end of the SUV. The crash closed railroad crossings on Allen Road and Outpost Road. The SUV driver, the sole occupant…
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New Kent plane crash sends pilot to hospital

By Community Member | August 26, 2018 6:43 pm
A plane crashed as it attempted to land on the runway at New Kent Airport Sunday afternoon.Virginia State Police photo

Virginia State Police are investigating a plane crash that happened shortly after 4 p.m. in New Kent County. A preliminary investigation says that a single engine Cessna plane crashed around the 6900 block of Terminal Road in New Kent. The report says the plane was attempting to land and veered to the left, striking some guide wires. The pilot was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. The FAA has been notified and the crash remains under investigation.

Richmond woman killed in New Kent car crash

By Community Member | August 23, 2018 10:41 pm

A Richmond woman has died as the result of a car accident in New Kent on Aug. 22. Bianca Riddick, 28, was killed after a single-vehicle crash just after 11:30 p.m. According to the Virginia State Police report, a preliminary investigation revealed that a 2014 Kia four-door sedan was traveling westbound on Interstate 64 in the left lane near mile marker 214 (Providence Forge) when it ran off the road and struck a tree. Riddick was not wearing a seat belt at the time and succumbed to her injuries at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle was transported by…
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School forum garners response for more communication in Charles City

By Robb Johnson | August 21, 2018 10:53 pm

After the announcing that fall sports will be canceled for Charles City High School this season (see related story on website), school board members and officials reached out to host a community forum Tuesday night prior to its regular scheduled meeting. The forum ended up succeeded in being a starting point as an outlet between the schools, parents, and community. Approximately 100 people sat in on Tuesday’s night conversation between the parties. Dialogue opened with high school principal Marcus Petty Sr. and superintendent of schools David Gaston addressing the cancellation of fall sports. In similar comments, both leaders acknowledged that…
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New Kent supervisors deny CUP for new Food Lion in Quinton

By Robb Johnson | August 21, 2018 12:58 pm

New Kent Supervisors shot down the proposed construction of a 35,000 square foot Food Lion store at the intersection of New Kent Highway (Route 249) and Airport Road in Quinton. In a joint meeting held Monday night alongside New Kent’s Planning Commission, county leaders voted in opposition of the proposed 35,235 square foot grocery store by a narrow 3-2 vote. The county’s planning commission voted with a favorable recommendation to grant a conditional use permit (CUP) for the facility 5-4-1 earlier in the meeting. Paramount Development Corporation submitted a site plan for the proposed store at the intersection. Along with…
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Charles City man receives 15-month sentence for felony hit-and-run

By Andre Jones | August 17, 2018 6:37 pm

A Charles City man will serve 15 months in jail after receiving formal sentencing Friday morning in Charles City Circuit Court. Warren Arturo Smith, 40, of the 8500 block of Lewis Tyler Road, received a five-year sentence with four years suspended on a single charge of felony hit and run stemming from a June 24, 2017 incident. He also received an additional three months for violating probation. During an Apr. 20 trial, Smith accepted a plea deal in circuit court, with one charge of bribery dropped. During his trial, a summary of evidence revealed that Smith was an operator of…
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Dry bus runs taking place in New Kent next week

By Community Member | August 15, 2018 9:12 am

New Kent Public Schools’ transportation department will conduct dry bus runs in the county next week (Aug. 20-24). In preparation for the upcoming school year, school buses will be on county roads during the morning and afternoon hours. Motorists are advised to planned accordingly as delays may be experienced during the runs.

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